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Zak Gramarye is the first victim and the posthumous secondary antagonist of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.


Zak was a magician for Magnifi, being his prized apprentice. During this time, he met Thalassa and Valant, competing with the latter for the former's affection. He was chosen and the two had a child together. Trucy and Zak had a happy life until him and Valant accidentally shot Thalassa. Magnifi covered it up but blackmailed the two men into performing dangerous tasks for him. When Magnifi was dying of cancer, he gave the men one last task: to shoot him.

Zak refused but out of jealousy, Valant framed Zak for Magnifi's murder after witnessing his suicide. Zak searched for a lawyer, choosing Phoenix Wright over Kristoph gavin after watching the two men play poker. The true reason he chose Phoenix was because he saw how ruthless Kristoph was and wanted nothing to do with him. This would cost him dearly in seven years time.

Kristoph tricked Zak's daughter Trucy into presenting forged evidence, causing Phoenix to be disbarred. Instead of objecting, Zak used the chaos to flee justice, knowing he wouldn't be able to defend himself in court. He tricked Trucy into helping him escape, leaving his daughter behind to fend for himself.

Not knowing Valant was responsible for tampering with the crime scene, Zak sent a letter falsely confessing to the actions to protect Valant, who he thought was the killer.

Present day

Finally showing some remorse for his actions, Zak decided to atone for his shameful deeds by presenting Trucy with the performance rights. Using Spark Brushell as a companion, he tracked Phoenix down and asked him to give the rights to Trucy. He then challenged him to a poker game, in an attempt to beat the legendary poker player Phoenix Wright.

Knowing he wouldn't win on his own, he had Olga Orley cheat for him by using scratched cards. Phoenix saw through this and replaced the cards, outsmarting Zak. Thinking Olga had failed him, he throttled her in a fit of rage. Vulnerable and unaware of his surroundings, a vindictive Kristoph Gavin stepped in and murdered him.

He was referred to as Shadi Smith during the trial, with only Phoenix knowing his true identity, which he kept hidden out of respect for the deceased. Kristoph was exposed as Zak's killer, and imprisoned.

Zak's death brought out Valant who still sought the performance rights. When he was confronted by Apollo about the event seven years ago, he confessed to tampering with the crime scene and turned himself in. Zak had been avenged, even if it cost him his life.


Zak is not a very nice person. While he is capable of forming genuine bonds with loved ones, he will cast them aside the instant he gains an advantage. He prefers to run from his actions instead of deal with them, and resorts to violence when he doesn't get his way. He is deeply manipulative and rather cruel, though he has moments of sympathy, where he reveals that deep down, he has a strong sense of honor, even when it doesn't benefit him.


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